Art Institute of California San Francisco Fashion Show 2012 Review

Art Institute of California San Francisco Fashion Show 2012 Review

It was a bittersweet affair at Art Institute of California San Francisco Fashion Show 2012 on Saturday, June 16 at SF Design Center. On one hand, the talented students brought out great fashion at “What’s Next, Are You Ready To Wear” student fashion show, as expected. On the other hand, it was Bo Breda’s last student fashion show participation as the Academic Department Director of Fashion Design of AIC-SF. Nevertheless, it was a successful fashion show production that promised new exciting direction for soon-to-be-emerging fashion designers of AIC-SF. The transition of leadership was very much felt during the fashion show production. In a way, the title “What’s Next” also reflected the general feeling of what’s coming after Bo Breda’s leadership, one that has brought such high standard of student fashion show productions for the last 5 years. That night, I was surprised to find out that fact, while at the same time grateful that I had a chance to do a Q&A session with Bo Breda prior to the fashion show this year. Unlike past Art Institute of California San Francisco’s fashion shows, there were no “scenes” or theme names that customarily precede a grouping of several fashion collections from several student designers. The judges for this year’s fashion show were Lorraine Wilner, a knitwear designer and consultant, Michelle Byrnes, Founder and Designer of Saga Swimwear, and Angella Hoffman, Macy’s merchandiser and AIC-SF’s Academic Department Director of Fashion Marketing & Management. The difficult task of choosing winners from the 15 student designers had fallen to their lap that evening. At the end of the night, they had chosen a...
Art Institute of California San Francisco Fashion Lineup Spring 2011 Review

Art Institute of California San Francisco Fashion Lineup Spring 2011 Review

I was looking forward for the Art Institute of California – San Francisco’s spring fashion show since early this year, and this year’s presentation of Art Institute of California Fashion Lineup really highlighted great talents and creative concepts. The fact that four of the six winners of the night were the ones doing the Independent Fashion Show back in April also really (somehow) made me very proud of them :) The fashion show production was as professional as ever (kudos to all of the production crew; job well done!) and the three judges this year were Bacca da Silva, Angela Medlin, and Joseph Domingo. I do agree completely with their winner picks; all six of them are fully noted here. As always, awesome photography by Christian Hadidjaja, and here are the collections of the night: Scene 1: Synthetic vs. Natural Collection by Autie Carlisle: I first saw Autie’s collection during the Constituent Parts Fashion Show, so seeing them here only refreshed my memory of how great these pieces were constructed. Plus, the  lighting actually helped me see the details more :) Autie Carlisle - SyntheticVsNatural, AIC-SF 2011May 18, 2012Photos: 9   Collection by Rachel Poulos: Similarly, I also first this collection during the Constituent Parts Fashion Show. But I still have mad love for that orange-red dress. Rachel, I want one! By the way, Rachel is the runner-up for Best Construction award of the night. She gets a PGM dress form (I hope she gets what she wants: dress form size 8). Rachel Poulos - SyntheticVsNatural, AIC-SF 2011May 18, 2012Photos: 10   Scene 2: Paratrooper’s Peril Collection by Cameron...

What’s Hot This Weekend

Guys, you know the feeling when time seems to stand still and your memories flash before your eyes? Well, I sure don’t. Because for the past handful of weeks, time was blazing fast and sometimes I don’t even have any idea where I am or who I am. OK, maybe not that severe, but perhaps you get the gist of it. Lo and behold, it’s already Friday, June 17, 2011. Even though I’m bummed looking at how many days passed between my last post and this, I do rejoice the fact that there’s so much hot stuff going on. Huge thanks for Refinery 29 for the 16 fabulous things happening this weekend. Two things jump at me for Saturday events: The North Beach Festival  at 10 am to 6 pm, as well as the Vacation Vintage Pop-Up Shop from 1 – 5 pm. Will definitely work my way around those two places tomorrow before attending the Art Institute of California – San Francisco’s Annual Spring Fashion Show: “The Fashion Line-Up”  at SF Design Center in the evening. Oh, and do you know that Azalea has $45 for $90 or $100 for $200 deal going on? If you’re like me, who adores what Azalea boutique has to offer, you’ve got to have it! But life’s not all about your own consumption. Help L.E.S Runway reach its $8,500 goal for the next three days! It’s donating for a great cause, elevating local fashion designers to present their works on catwalk and sell through a pop-up shop in NYC. Isn’t that great? Cheryl Maleh, you go girl. Have a great weekend guys,...
Constituent Parts Fashion Show, April 28, 2011 Review

Constituent Parts Fashion Show, April 28, 2011 Review

Phew! What a week! And it’s Friday again! Anyway, based on the WordPress stats, it’s very clear to me that a great deal of fafafoom readers want to see this post coming :) Well, I hope I don’t disappoint. 111 Minna Gallery is quite a cool place to have an intimate fashion show in, although I have to wonder why some of the female models walked too carefully. At this point, I’m not sure if it’s just their walking style or slippery floor. But it’s truly an eye-opener in a sense that when you do intimate settings like this, everything becomes so much closer to the audience and any flaws / greatness in the garments, the models’ attitude / walk, and all that jazz become that much more noticeable. Still, overall, this fashion show was a success and congratulations for all the designers and everybody involved in this production! And I would say something about being on time (the show started at 40 minutes late), but I’m quite a tardy person myself, so I guess we all have something to work on :) The show started rather slow, but it built up nicely until Autie Carlisle’s (shown above) collection. And of course, special thanks to Christian Hadidjaja for all the pictures. The show starts with Justin Jamison’s menswear collection. I first saw Justin’s designs last year, and I’m afraid I can’t say that this collection is stronger than the one he had. I’m not digging the whole drapey, serene, monk-ish garments on the first half, and I’m not particularly in love with the black deconstructed looks on the second...
Constituent Parts: Independent Fashion Show

Constituent Parts: Independent Fashion Show

Update: The Constituent Parts fashion show review is up! I’m very excited to be coming to Constituent Parts / Independent Fashion Show this Thursday, April 28, 2011. Four of Art Institute of California – San Francicso fashion designers are breaking out from the pack and holding their own show: Autie Carlisle, Cameron Stewart, Justin Jamison, and Rachel Poulos. When I reached out to the designers last week about their inspiration and goal for this event, Autie was really kind in representing all the designers by emailing me her response: “Our inspiration for putting on this show was that we all have had part in other organizations and their fashion shows. Which is great, and has been, and will probably continue to be, helpful to us as it is alot less work for us individually, however, we felt it was time for us to present our own work the way we think it should be. We are all appreciating the ability to be quintessentially us in the music we choose, the hair/makeup, the style of walking, the venue, etc and that way we feel we are presenting a “collection” vs. being involved in a school show or the like.  Our aim is to have press there, of course, as we are new to entering the fashion industry we hope there could even be some potential job seekers out there. However, it is important to note that none of us are going into production with our lines yet, so these are all one offs and not meant for retail or buyers per say. The other side to this publication, and this...

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